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Political participation in Africa: Participatory inequalities and the role of resources

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  • Isaksson, Ann-Sofie

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

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The aim of this paper is to examine the role of individual resource endowments for explaining individual and group variation in African political participation. Drawing on new data for more than 27 000 respondents in 20 emerging African democracies, the empirical findings suggest surprisingly weak explanatory power of the resource perspective, both for explaining individual variation and observed group inequalities in participation. In several cases, the relatively resource poor groups participate to a greater extent than the relatively resource rich.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 462.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 03 Aug 2010
Date of revision: 01 Oct 2010
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0462

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Keywords: Political participation; Group inequalities; Resources; Africa; Afrobarometer;

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  1. Isaksson, Ann-Sofie & Kotsadam, Andreas & Nerman, Måns, 2012. "The Gender Gap in African Political Participation: Individual and contextual determinants," Working Papers in Economics, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics 530, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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